"Havoc Supreme" is already the sixth EP from the Finnish grinders Cut To Fit. Some of these songs were previously released (as different versions) on the group's "Destructive Devices"-EP.
Musically the EP offers the same type of grind that the band's unleashed on their couple previous releases as well; minute-long bursts of aggression with enough originality to be recognized as the works of this particular band, along with a few surprising samples to emphasize the songs' message. The guitar-sound is nicely vast and plump, but also really raw and crunchy, simultaneously handing both the mid- and low ends. The drums are sturdy aside of the cymbals which are rather quiet, but this choice suits the EPs particular feel and soundscape well: it emphasizes the feeling and aggression instead of the musicality. The vocals are mostly delivered as harsh shouts, but have enough variation in rhythm and pitch to remain interesting.
There's a certain feeling that I get when listening to this EP that I can't quite explain. It feels that, somehow, pieces fall to their places, and I get the thought "you know, maybe this is what grindcore should be about." I don't quite know whether I even agree with myself or not, but anyway, there's a special sense of meaningfullness, a purpose, that shines through this record. Idealism. It took me about ten spins of the CD until I got to really appreciate the music and to see what the band was going for, and it was then when the songs started to reveal their unique characters through the grind-blast-blur.
The songs are neither particularly old- or new school, but something in the middle; a raw and powerful production with balls and a bone-headed attitude meets fairly simplistic and effective riffs, which are then delivered with parts consisting of mushy grindcore-blasting blur. The almost spastic jumps from simplistic effectivity to chaos and aggression gives the EP a lot of character, and a really pleasing flow - but also makes sure that it might take a few spins until you start to notice the songs' strengths from beyond the "white noise," so to say. At least that's how it was for me.
I wasn't particularly impressed by the band's previous full EP "Babylon Burns", but this one works a lot better. "Havoc Supreme" is in many ways similar to it, but this time the rhytmic hooks and hostility are presented in a more effective manner. If you'd like to hear grindcore with brutally open and opinionated lyrical content from a band that stubbornly stick to doing their own thing with their own style, give "Havoc Supreme" a listen. You might be pleasantly surprised.